A quick moan about ‘male’ and ‘female’ brains

The Tangled Woof of Fact

This morning, all the newspapers are talking about ‘male brains’ and ‘female brains’. A study, published in the top-tier journal PNAS, analyses structural differences between the brains of young males and females aged eight to 22 years.

Their findings apparently support age-old stereotypes of female brains ‘designed for’ social skills, memory, intuitive thinking, and male brains ‘designed for’ co-ordinated tasks, perception. Indeed the senior author, Ragini Verma, is quoted in The Guardian as saying: “I was surprised that it matched a lot of the stereotypes that we think we have in our heads. If I wanted to go to a chef or a hairstylist, they are mainly men.”

The Independent’s front page looks like this:

and they headline an article: “The hardwired difference between male and female brains could explain why men are ‘better at map reading’

The Huffington Post quite wildly claims: “A new study…

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